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1/25/2018 7:38:29 AM
Posted: 3/20/2006 8:04:29 PM EST
I had a ~very~ close call today riding the bike to work. Its the bike I built 4 years ago(low glide/ Rev tech 100 mags). I had got on I5 and had just 3 miles to my exit. Partway there I had this strange feeling that I had to check the handlebars.

When I put it away last Nov, I replaced the primary gasket and thought i had pretty much went over the bike checking for loose bolts/nuts etc.

Anyway after rideing the 3 miles at about 70 mph, I got off at my exit. Waited for the green light, started to turn, and the HANDLBARS went one way and the WHEEL went another

Since I was only going a couple mph, I just coasted it off the road and said WTF The bolt had come out!!!!!

I got it on finger tight and slowly made it to work. I borrowed a ccoworkers sockets and he got me some locktight. As I was putting it on, I could feel it want to strip. I made it home ok, took the bars off and saw the the threads had stripped out! (cheap Chinese crap)

So tomorrow I will drill and tap it to 1/2 in. Its a smaller metric size now so 1/2 in will get new threads cut.

Be careful out there
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 6:04:30 AM EST
Sounds to me like you should buy a LOTTO ticket. Stay safe
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 10:00:22 AM EST
Glad you're o.k., and I second the go get a lottery ticket.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 7:58:13 PM EST
I bet the but pucker factor was an 11 out of a scale of 1-10

Glad nothing bad happened

Link Posted: 3/25/2006 6:51:19 PM EST
When I build, I only use quality parts, lock wasters and lock nuts.

A bike put together the right way is a pleasure to ride. If you cut corners, you worry while your riding.


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